THE Yorkshire PGA championship will return to Willow Valley on July 8-9 when the flagship tournament of the county professional tour will carry a £6,000 prize fund.

A record £100,000-plus will be up for grabs over the season as six Order of Merit counting events will be supported by 21 pro-ams which include those at Dewsbury, Crow Nest Park and Crosland Heath.

“We have some additional pro-ams this year, like at Crosland Heath, which is good news to say that the financial situation is hitting golf like it is everywhere else,” said Alliance tournament director Jimmy Pape.

The pro-am supporting the Yorkshire PGA championship which will be defended by Lindrick’s John King, is down for July 16 rather than following immediately on from the championship which has been the norm.

The championship, at the course at Clifton, is one of the six events carrying points for the Order of Merit which was topped last season by Selby’s Nick Ludwell who repeated the feat at North Region PGA level.

All will carry prize money of £6,000 with the winners each taking £2,000.

Tournament dates: April 21 - Links Challenge, Bridlington Links. May 1 - Selby pro-am; 11 - The Oaks pro-am; 22 - Cottingham Parks pro-am. June 5 - Seaside pro-am, Bridlington (Belvedere); 10 - Dewsbury pro-am; 26 - Crow Nest Park pro-am; 30 - Hull pro-am. July 1 - Bradford (Hawksworth) pro-am; 8-9 - Yorkshire PGA championship, Willow Valley; 16 - Yorkshire PGA championship pro-am, Willow Valley. August 2 - Roundhay pro-am; 5 - Links pro-am, Bridlington Links; 10 - Otley pro-am; 11 - Burstwick pro-am; 12 - Allerthorpe Park pro-am; 27 - Crosland Heath pro-am. September 2-3 - Yorkshire Open, Howley Hall (including pro-am); 4 - Knaresborough pro-am; 10 - CHSA Company Day, Oulton Hall; 14-15 - Yorkshire Masters, Sandburn Hall (including pro-am); 22-23 - Yorkshire Classic, Malton & Norton, including pro-am; 25-26 - ESG Dubai/Cottingham pro-am, Cottingham Parks and Skidby Lakes; 28 - Pontefract pro-am.

Mizuno Trainee Order of Merit dates: March 16 - Moortown; 30 - Alwoodley. April 6 - Howley Hall; 27 - Thornhurst Park. May 6 - Howley Hall. July 27 - Willow Valley. August 3 - The Oaks (including junior pro-am); 21 - Bradley Park. September 29 - Order of Merit final, Moor Allerton.